This may seem like a strange Wellness Wednesday title , but stick with me and read this article to the very end.
Being physically inactive affects our health and finances. It’s costing us our hard earned money and our lives.
American Adults Are Not Sufficiently Active.
To start, an alarming high percent of American adults are not sufficiently active in their daily lives. You’ve probably heard someone say, “If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it.” Seems like a true statement, when it comes to our physical activity. This is especially relevant as we grow older. At this point, we start to feel the affects of not moving our bodies as much. We become heavier, move slower, and are less happy with our bodies and the way we feel. Time and money are wasted treating the aches and pains of inactivity.
Did you know that friendship is actually good for your health? Studies show that friendships can have an overwhelmingly positive effect on physical and emotional well-being. Researchers have found that strong social ties can be as important to one’s overall health as getting regular exercise, not drinking in excess and abstaining from smoking.
The claim that it takes 21 days to form a new habit . Instead of fixating on how many runs or hikes it’ll take for that new healthy habit to become routine try this: make a commitment to do that thing with a friend. There’s a better chance you’ll stick to your new plan if canceling means having to call or text your friend. Also, consider using social media to share your progress and get words of encouragement from your friends. If the only way you know how to be active is on the treadmill , think outside LLthe box- or at least outside the gym. Gt off the couch and play a game like ultimate Frisbee, soccer or beach volleyball. Your friends aren't into team sports? Many towns have pick up games or clubs that can be found on line. Or if games are not your thing, sign up for a local charity walk, run or race and get your friends to come along and allow your footsteps to leave a charitable footprint.
Our partners are always delighting us by finding amazing ways to take a solution and make it even better. This month’s CASE (copy and share everything) idea comes from Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation in Tuba City, AZ. To combine their strategies for improved communication with community and employee wellness, the members of their highly engaged Employee Experience Team ("Bee Positive") organizes a quarterly “Getting Fit for the Forum” 5K walk/run. The 5K event is held a couple of weeks prior to their Quarterly CEO Town Forums (see the Solution: Employee Forums) and is open to community members and employees. The promotion of the 5K also encourages employee attendance at the upcoming Forums.